Using his clenched fist to wipe the growing moisture from below his eye, a West Ham ultra today shed a tear at his final act of grievous bodily harm at Upton Park.
Connecting with his victim’s cheek, nose and chin while holding his throat tightly, Vic Craddock revealed that he could scarcely believe this would be last moment of explosive and unprovoked violence at the stadium ahead of West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium.
“It’s a sad day in truth,” said the 27-year-old. “We’ve seen some legendary names here in the past – Jimmy the Stabber, Mick the Homo Stomper, Johnny the Glass – all the greats.”
“It feels like only yesterday that my dad brought me to here to eye gouge my first European. We’ll miss this place.”